Migrants and Refugees

UN urges international cooperation to make migration safer in a world on the move

On International Migrants Day, the United Nations is appealing for cooperation in managing migration to ensure that its benefits are most widely distributed, and that human rights of all concerned are protected – as recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

New compact to improve refugee response ‘a chance to chart a different course’ – UN agency chief

The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday kicked off in Geneva a dialogue on protection challenges with a stark warning: the tragedy of forced displacement has deepened – one year after the world pledged to improve its response to refugee situations.

UN working to address slavery, abuses against African migrants and refugees, Security Council told

The United Nations is stepping up its work to stop the grave abuses perpetrated against refugees and migrants along the Central Mediterranean routes, including alleged slave trade in Libya, two UN agency chiefs told the Security Council Tuesday.

Situation on Australian offshore processing facility at risk of further deterioration, UN warns

Stating that the beating of refugees and asylum-seekers at the former regional processing centre on Manus Island by uniformed officers is both “shocking and inexcusable,” the United Nations refugee agency has urged the Australian Government to take immediate action to ensure their safety and protection.

Situation on Australian ‘offshore processing’ facility deteriorates by the day – UN refugee official

Three weeks following the closure of the Manus Island regional processing centre, the situation on the ground is very serious and deteriorates by the day, a senior United Nations official on protection of refugees has said.

Asia-Pacific regional consultations on UN strategy for safe migration open in Bangkok

With ever-increasing numbers of people on the move, travelling away from their homelands in search of better opportunities, a United Nations regional meeting opened today in Bangkok, Thailand, exploring options to make migration safer and better protect their rights.

Rohingya crisis: UNICEF issues 'Child Alert,' outlines urgent action to save lives

Issuing a dire warning on the desperate situation of Rohingya refugee children, who now number more than 320,000 in Bangladesh, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for an end to the atrocities targeting civilians in Myanmar's Rakhine state, and immediate and unfettered access to all children affected by the violence there.

UN migration chief urges more support for Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar or 'thousands will suffer'

The United Nations migration agency and its partners are supporting Bangladesh in coordinating assistance for the influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, including with clean water and sanitation, shelter, food and psychosocial care for the most vulnerable.

Myanmar: UN welcomes final assessment of independent advisory panel on Rakhine state

The United Nations today welcomed the release of the final report of an independent advisory body looking into the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

UN refugee agency voices 'grave concern' as crisis escalates at Manus Island processing centre

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed a grave concern over the deteriorating conditions for refugees and asylum seekers at Australia's offshore immigration processing facility on the Manus Island of Papua New Guinea.